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Artificial skin used for electronic devices which senses touch

21 October 2019

Researchers at Bristol University have created an artificial skin which can be used on electronic devices - known as Skin-On. This skin recognises senses such as tickling, pinching etc

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Meggitt has been chosen for fuel bladder contract

22 October 2019

Meggitt, a leading international company specialising in high performance components and subsystems for the aerospace, defence and selected energy markets, has been selected by Lockheed Martin to supply fuel bladders for its C130J Super Hercules platform.

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Engineering Innovation Centre opens in Lancashire and is set to drive its Industry Strategy

21 October 2019

Engineering Innovation Centre has been launched at the University of Central Lancashire. The Centre will provide students with real-world experiences and help to produce the next generation of engineers.

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Innovative Medical Devices for the home

30 September 2019

The electronics medical device sector is experiencing a revolution. 'Smart home' technology and falling technology costs means that complex, portable products are becoming more affordable. Examples of these home use devices include Nokia BPM+blood pressure monitor and a Body Temp Patch and more.

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UK commercial vehicle production grows 47.9% in August

26 September 2019

UK car manufacturing rose 3.3% last month, with 92,158 units produced, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). This was the first increase in 15 months due mainly to the fact that several key plants that had brought forward planned summer shutdowns to April to guard against the disruption of the then March 29 withdrawal date kept production lines rolling throughout August.

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Boeing meets UK aerospace firms to boost supply chain links

25 September 2019

34 UK aerospace companies have met with Boeing in Seattle as part of a British Government plan to boost global trade and investment.

Boeing welcomed the delegation of aerospace suppliers to the Boeing Future of Flight Museum in Seattle to showcase British expertise in the sector in order to integrate more UK products and services into its supply chain.

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Flights to Australia from the UK considerably shortened thanks to new engine

25 September 2019

Flights to Australia from the UK could become just a four-hour journey in the near future, thanks to a new engine that's currently being developed. Meanwhile, a flight between the UK and New York could become a one-hour journey.

UK-based firm Reaction Engines has been working on a Synergetic Air Breathing Rocket Engine (SABRE), which could propel an aircraft to Mach 5.4.

Basically, that's the equivalent of five times the speed of sound.

The idea is that a SABRE engine will be able to deliver the fuel efficiency of a jet engine, with the power and high speed abilities of a rocket.

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Scheurer Swiss wins race car CFRP 3D printed parts contract

20 September 2019

Renowned for its expertise in fibre composite technologies, Swiss engineering company, Scheurer Swiss supplies high-quality carbon-reinforced 3D printing parts for the newest racing car generation of Castrol Toyota Racing Series.

The Castrol Toyota Racing Series (TRS) is entering the next round of the Toyota Gazoo Racing New Zealand – and will present a new, and more powerful racing car: the Toyota FT-60.

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Airbus: 39,000 aircraft needed globally in next 20 years

19 September 2019

The world’s passenger and freighter aircraft fleet will more than double from today’s 23,000 to almost 48,000 in the next 20 years, according to Airbus.

Until 2038 the aerospace giant predicts a 4.3% annual growth in air traffic, resulting in 39,210 new aircraft needed and 8,470 remaining from today.

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Peak productivity – how and when are UK employees at their most creative?

17 September 2019

UK employees feel they’re most creative at 11:05am, according to new research by innovation funding specialists, MPA Group.

The survey of 1,000 UK office workers looked into the time of day employees feel most creative, and which working environments best help to stimulate our creativity. Interestingly, the morning was the most creative time across all industries, with the overwhelming majority claiming their best ideas come between 10am and 11.30am. More specifically, across the whole country, the average time for optimum creativity was 11:05am.

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GE Additive inaugurates new facility in Germany

13 September 2019

GE Additive has inaugurated its new 40,000m2 campus in Lichtenfels, Germany, which will become the new home for GE Additive Concept Laser teams.

Bavarian Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder commented on the inauguration: “GE Additive Concept Laser is a pioneer and world class in 3D-printing. The new campus in Lichtenfels is a technology and job motor for industry 4.0 in Upper Franconia. Technological leadership in rural areas, large industrial investments throughout the state – that ist hightech made in Bavaria.”

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What is the material for a new age?

09 September 2019

We’ve had bronze age and iron age, arguably an oil and aluminium age, but what material will drive and define the world of tomorrow?

What will be the defining material of the next industrial age? In the past hundred years, steel gave way to oil and then silicon as information became the defining power behind industrial development. Will it return to energy, with hydrogen becoming a strong contender as a replacement for petroleum, or will renewables make lithium batteries central to future development? Or will other materials step in to propel industrial evolution further?

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MTC expands presence in North West

09 September 2019

The Coventry-based MTC is to open a new manufacturing technology centre in Liverpool to support manufacturing growth and innovation in the region.

The MTC will be establishing its new facility, with a staff of more than 60 at Liverpool Science Park (LSP), which sits within Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool). It will be one of the biggest lettings for the science park in more than five years.

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Total Composite Solutions appointed CARSYSTEM UK Partner

06 September 2019

TCS is proud to announce its appointment as Advanced Composites Partner for the UK for Vosschemie GmbH’s automotive division, CARSYSTEM.

Jochen Rohde, General Manager of Vosschemie GmbH, states, “We are delighted to have concluded our agreement with TCS as our exclusive partner for the United Kingdom. TCS brings key expertise and many years’ experience in the OEM Automotive and Industrial markets, which will enable our strategic growth in this important market. We believe the complete solutions position TCS offers is the key to our future growth.”

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UK will increase R&D spending to OECD average

06 September 2019

THE UK has pledged to increase R&D spending to 2.4% by 2027, bringing the country in line with the OECD average.

The extra investment was announced as part of the UK Government’s updated spending plans released yesterday, and fulfils the promise it made in its Industrial Strategy white paper released in 2017. Currently, the UK invests around 1.7% of GDP, lagging behind South Korea at 4.5%, Germany at 3% and the US at 2.7%.

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How Delta Motorsport has reinvented the test mule

04 September 2019

Under the original plans, this all-aluminium, skateboard-style EV chassis design – which now sits proudly in three dimensions at the centre of a specially designed stand – wasn’t even due to show its screen-based face until this time next year.

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Seven top jobs for the future

16 August 2019

Automation and AI technology are set to change the workplace, but this is not the death knell for engineering jobs that some doomsayers predict. It will also lead to the creation of a whole new set of tasks that can only be done by humans. Here are some of the posts we might be applying for in the future.

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EU's onshore wind capacity could run world's energy until 2050

15 August 2019

A study produced by universities of Sussex and Aarhus show that if Europe's wind farms are used to full capacity they could produce enough power to povide energy to the world until 2050.

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thyssenkrupp unveils DESCA digital supply chain

14 August 2019

thyssenkrupp Materials Services says it is continuing its digitalisation offensive with the introduction of a flexible IT infrastructure for smart, agile management of all processes along the supply chain.

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Meggitt secures $85m worth of military jet deals

13 August 2019

Meggitt has announced two deals with an aggregated value of $85 million with Lockheed Martin and the Defence Logistics Agency in the US.

Meggitt has signed a three-year agreement with Lockheed Martin for the supply of rudder pedal assemblies on the F35. The contract has a value of around $65m.  Meggitt has a longstanding relationship with Lockheed Martin and this award increases Meggitt content and scope of supply on the F35 aircraft.

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Virtek and Plataine announce collaborative partnership

29 July 2019

Virtek and Plataine have announced a ground-breaking collaborative partnership allowing aerospace manufacturers using Virtek’s LaserEdge ply layup system to improve productivity by tracking work in process, factory assets and materials in real-time via Plataine’s Total Production Optimisation software.

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TT Electronics introduces modular current sensor approach

24 July 2019

TT Electronics, a global provider of engineered electronics for performance critical applications, has announced an innovative approach to developing customised solutions for the harsh environment requirements of the aerospace and defence market.

Building on the company’s existing range of current sensor modules, this new and highly diverse modular technique leverages Hall-Effect and Rogowski sensors, as well as amplifiers and digital converters.

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AE Aerospace makes £1.25m machinery investment

23 July 2019

West Midlands-based AE Aerospace has invested £1.25 million in six new Yamazaki Mazak machines to boost its manufacturing credentials.

The manufacturer has earned a global reputation for its precision machined components supplied to the aerospace, marine, defence and advanced engineering markets.

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Apollo 11: 50th anniversary of first moon landing

21 July 2019

Thousands of people have been celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing.

On 20 July 1969, the Eagle module from Apollo 11 landed at Tranquility Base.

Hours later, at 21:56 CT (02:56 GMT), Neil Armstrong made history by becoming the first person to walk on the Moon.

Originally inspired by the US's Cold War rivalry with the Soviet Union, the mission is now remembered as an iconic moment for stargazers all over the world.

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Adidas uses F1 innovation to create powerful hockey stick

16 July 2019

Adidas has partnered with London-based Hypetex and Hong Kong’s Marque Makers to develop its most powerful hockey stick to date.

The new Adidas Kromaskin field hockey stick is made from Hypetex Textreme material, developed with innovative technology born out of Formula One racing. The stick features a colourised carbon fibre outer layer on spread tow materials that reduces fibre damage during production to maintain the highest structural performance whilst bringing a premium new aesthetic to field hockey sticks.

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Celebrating 20 years of sustainable growth in the UK Motor industry

11 July 2019

The progress of UK Automotive in sustainable development is revealed today by new data published the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The 20th annual Sustainability Report reveals environmental, economic, and social gains achieved by the sector over the past two decades, highlighting the substantial improvements in areas such as energy and water use, waste to landfill and CO2 emissions.

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Composites UK Launches Start-Up Award

11 July 2019

Composites UK has added an award for Start-Up Business of the Year to its list of accolades.

This award will be presented at the Industry Awards Dinner on 30 October at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, UK. The innovation award recipients will showcase their products earlier at the Advanced Engineering show at the NEC.

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AE Aerospce opens a new factory in Birmingham

9 July 2019

AE Aerospace has officially opened its new 16,500ft2 factory at Network Park, Birmingham to meet growing global demand.

The state-of-the-art facility was opened by the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street at an event to celebrate the major milestone in the company’s 23-year history.

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SMMT International Automotive Summit 2019

4 July 2019

At the Summit, SMMT issued a plea to the UK’s next prime minister to secure a favourable Brexit deal as his number one priority on taking office. The call came as the trade body published a new report highlighting the importance of automotive trade to the UK economy and the high stakes of a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

SMMT’s 2019 UK Automotive Trade Report calculates that delays to production caused by friction at the border could add up to £50,000 a minute for the sector.

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The best of British manufacturing

1 July 2019

In a time of doom and gloom take a look back at the top 12 manufacturing highlights of June 2019 from the likes of Aston Martin, GKN Aerospace, BAE systems and more.

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F1 Engineerig Director set to leave the team

2 July 2019

Pat Fry joined the team last year on a short term contract. It is not yet known if he has an offer elsewhere however his gardening leave terms would ensure he doesn't work for a competitor until McLaren's 2020 car is designed.

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Closing the Loop in Marine Manufacturing

2 July 2019

ELG Carbon Fibre, a market leader in recycled carbon fibre materials, and INEOS Team UK are working together to ensure sustainable materials and practices are incorporated into The America’s Cup 2021 build programme.

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Rheinmetall & BAE Systems launch new joint venture

2 July 2019

The UK-based joint venture for military vehicle design, manufacture and support – known as Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL). Headquartered in Telford in the venture will sustain around 450 jobs across the UK.

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Magic angle mini MRI

1 July 2019

Mini MRI device developed by Imperial College London is small enough that it could potentially be used in clinics and GP surgeries to diagnose knee injuries more accurately.

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Rubicon robot could pick strawberry's for Wimbledon

1 July 2019

Octinion have developed an autonomous soft fruit harvesting technology using smart photonics & innovative clasping mechanism which could see 14 robots pick and pack all strawberries in less than seven days.

 

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Guy Martin sets new British Speed record for JCB tractor

25 June 2019

JCB celebrates 28 years since the first Fastrac tractor was produced by breaking the British speed record with Guy Martin at the wheel.

 

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Solar radiation powered spacecraft to be tested by SpaceX

21 June 2019

Next week the Planetary Society plan to launch a rocket testing a solar sail mechanism which can propel a spacecraft using radiation pressure applied by sunlight.

 

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Toyota snub dents Saudi Arabia's manufacturing drive

19 June 2019

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia began courting Toyota two years ago to build a large car plant as part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s grand plan to wean the kingdom off oil revenues and create jobs for young Saudis.

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Cygnet Texkimp makes cobot handling system breakthrough

14 June 2019

Fibre handling expert and custom machinery manufacturer, Cygnet Texkimp says it has developed an AGV-mounted mobile handling system using a collaborative robot (cobot) capable of lifting packages of fibre weighing up to 35kg.

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Composite-metal anti-roll bar tech could give UK global lead

14 June 2019

Research to develop a high-performance composite metal hybrid stabiliser bars for trucks and trains has entered a new phase.

The findings from the project to date show that the technology has the potential to spin out into other sectors such as aerospace and could see the UK take a global lead with this disruptive technology.

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Inspiring the female future

11 June 2019

Progress for women in industry has often felt stagnant. Hetal Patel, marketing projects manager for the UK’s Advanced Engineering show, discusses the importance of women in engineering.

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Advanced Engineering 2019: The excitement mounts!

06 June 2019

In a Q&A session, tradeshow organiser Easyfair’s head of marketing, Jeremy Whittingham provides Aerospace Manufacturing with a progress update in the lead-up to Advanced Engineering 2019.

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A white paper highlighting the importance of risk management in medical device industry

03 June 2019

Lessons can be learnt from the recent Boeing crashes. Evaluating risk is a critical part of the design and development process even within the medical industry.

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Gov's white paper on immigration could further affect the engineering skills shortage

28 May 2019

Even without the Brexit restrictions, engineering roles account for over 50% of jobs in the UK's Shortage Occupation List.

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Global aircraft deliveries holding steady despite challenges

28 May 2019

Aircraft deliveries in the first four months of 2019 have kept pace with the same period last year, with 93 aircraft delivered in April. This brings the total deliveries for the year to date to 404 just three aircraft behind the rate achieved in 2018.

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Fiat Chrysler proposes merger with Renault

27 May 2019

Fiat Chrysler has made a "transformative" merger proposal for French carmaker Renault, the Italian firm said on Monday. The combined business would be 50% owned by Fiat shareholders and 50% by Renault stockholders. The carmaker said the merger would create a global automotive leader, with 8.7 million vehicle sales.

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Public are proud with the UK's engineering innovations

21 May 2019

A recent poll conducted by the Royal Academy of Engineering showed 88% of the British public were proud of the UK's engineering achievements and believe we will also develop the next breakthrough technology.

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Technology transfer initiative launched at STC

24 May 2019

A new initiative that will enable the transfer of technologies and capabilities within the Silverstone Technology Cluster to other sectors has launched.

The announcement, made by independent research and innovation agency Axillium, at the Silverstone Technology Cluster (STC) Annual Showcase Conference, outlines plans to build new collaborations between high-performance engineering companies.

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RIP to an industry legend

21 May 2019

Niki Lauda, who has died aged 70, was a three-time Formula 1 world champion, non-executive chairman of the world champion Mercedes team, and one of the biggest names in motorsport.

He was also a pilot and successful businessman, who set up two airlines and continued to occasionally captain their planes into his late 60s.

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Affordable automation for small companies is finally here

25th April 2019

A UK based company, Automata created Eva - a cobot 'collaborative Robot'. Their goal is to make automation affordable for small companies who have fewer than 100 employees. A recent study by Markets and Markets projects 50% growth a year with sales reaching $12.3bn by 2025. Demand is rapidly growing for cobots due to their high return on investment.

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Revolutionising manufacturing with artificial intelligence

02 May 2019

Revolutionising manufacturing with artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is the technology to transcend them all. It is set to transform design, manufacturing and after-market phases through the entire product life-cycle.

The time is right for manufacturing leaders to commit to AI beyond pilots and proof of concepts, and take full advantage of its promise to revolutionise their people, processes and machines.

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Boeing unable to forecast profits for the year until they know what is happening with the 737 Max Jets

24th April 2019

Following the recent tragic accidents involving their 737 jets, Boeing has announced that due to the uncertainty around whether the 737 Max Jet will fly again they are unable to forecast profits for the year.

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3rd largest nuclear engineering company moves its HQ to Blackburn

10th April 2019

Assystem's move is in line with the demand for digital maintenance products and their on-going support for nuclear new build in the UK.

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New sensor detects 10 antibody molecules within 20 minutes

10th April 2019

Researchers from Colorado State University have developed a sensor the size of a human hair. This device is cost-effective and can help clinicians treat diseases sooner in people.

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12 Institutes identified by the Government to provide high-quality skills training

10th April 2019

These Institutes will provide young people with the opportunity to gain high-quality skills and technical qualifications as an alternative to going to university.

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Design-build teams selected for Airbus 220 final assembly in Alabama

9th April 2019

Several design-build teams for the construction of the Airbus A220 final assembly line in Mobile, Alabama have been announced. The announcement was made by HPM, who acts as program manager for the planning, design and construction of the new assembly line. BL Harbert International teamed with the design firm FSB and have been selected for Package 3 of the project, which consists of design-build services for four additional hangar bays.

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3D Systems and GFMS partner to bring metal AM solution

5th April 2019

GF Machining Solutions and 3D Systems say they are innovating to bring game-changing metal additive manufacturing (AM) to the aerospace market, as evidenced by their DMP Factory 500.

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JPA Design and Williams debut F1-inspired aircraft interior products

5th April 2019

Williams Advanced Engineering and JPA Design have joined together to unveil new Formula One-inspired aircraft interiors at the Passenger Experience Conference and the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2019 in Hamburg, Germany.

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UK could be in pole position to win the CAV global market race

4th April 2019

A new report published by SMMT shows that the UK is the prime location for mass-market potential of CAVs with £62bn annual economic opportunity. This can only be achieved is we have a favourable Brexit agreement

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Airbus sells its shares in Alestis Aerospace

3rd April 2019

Airbus has entered into an agreement to sell its shares in Alestis Aerospace to Aciturri, a company headquartered in Miranda de Ebro, Spain.

With this acquisition, Aciturri will become the majority shareholder of Alestis Aerospace, holding 76% of Alestis’ shares, in collaboration with SEPI which will maintain its participation with 24% of the new shareholding structure.

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New appointment strengthens Bristol position as world leader in composites

2nd April 2019

The University of Bristol and the National Composites Centre (NCC) are delighted to welcome Professor Ole Thybo Thomsen as NCC Chair in Composites Design and Manufacturing.

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Global aircraft deliveries on the rise but UK industry uncertainty grows with Brexit

25th March 2019

Global aircraft deliveries have seen a strong start to the year, with 183 aircraft delivered to date. This is the highest amount since 2015.

Gross orders have fallen significantly in February 2019, but the backlog of aircraft on order books remains high, still standing at more than 14,000 aircraft. A decrease in widebody aircraft orders and a decrease in the widebody backlog follows the cancellation of remaining A380 orders earlier this year.

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10 out of 10 for JLR's diesel SUV

10th March 2019

A study has shown, the Jaguar E-Pace, 2-litre diesel emits over 40 times less particulates than a diesel Renault Clio. The research carried out by The Air Index, tested three popular 4x4's, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evouque and Jaguar E-Pace, all three vehicles' emissions were well under 80-milligrams-per-kilometre, but the E-Pace was particularly low with a mere 14mg of NOx per Kilometre.

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Boeing: Airlines ground 737 Max 8 jets after latest crash

11th March 2019

Several airlines have grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 jets following a deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash. Boeing has issued a statement today saying that; A Boeing technical team will be travelling to the crash site to provide technical assistance under the direction of the Ethiopia Accident Investigation Bureau and U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.

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Apprentices get fired up about manufacturing at new foundry

7th March 2019

The first group of manufacturing Apprentices are getting fired up at the University of Wolverhampton’s National Foundry Training Centre in Tipton.

The Foundry is part of the Elite Centre for Manufacturing Skills – a collaboration between the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, University of Wolverhampton, Dudley College, Cast Metals Federation, Confederation of British Metalforming, Institute of Cast Metals Engineers and In-Comm Training.

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AMI announces new Composites in Rail conference

21st February 2019

AMI has announced the programme for a brand-new Composites in Rail conference featuring DB, Norplex-Micarta, Siemens and more. The event takes place on 25-26 June at the Sofitel Kurfürstendamm in Berlin, Germany.

There are increasing demands on the rail industry to increase passenger numbers whilst reducing emissions and environmental impact. Composites in Rail comes at a key time as the industry explores options to achieve targets in the most cost-effective way, with composites having the ability to offer an end-to-end solution.

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Thermwood and Bell 3D print helicopter blade mould

7th February 2019

A joint venture programme between Thermwood and Bell claims to have pushed the limits of 3D printing, resulting in what Thermwood believes is the largest 3D printed autoclave capable tool ever made.

A common limiting factor within aerospace development programs is expensive, long-lead time tooling. Bell, not being satisfied abiding by the industry norms, decided to reach out to Thermwood to help solve this challenge.

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GKN Fokker and Lockheed Martin collaborating on F-35

31st January 2019

At the roll-out event of the first operational Dutch F-35 in Texas, both GKN Fokker and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics confirmed the continuation of GKN Fokker’s efforts on F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

This is specific to the manufacturing of Flaperons, Inflight Opening Doors (IFOD), Arresting Gear, and Electrical Wiring and Interconnection Systems (EWIS) content.

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Global demand for aircraft leads to new industry production record

29th January 2019

Global aircraft deliveries have reached a new annual record for the eighth consecutive year. 1,618 aircraft were delivered in 2018, an increase of 120 from 2017.

The growth in deliveries recorded by the world’s major aircraft manufacturers in 2018 made last year’s the highest proportional increase for five years at 8%.

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Teijin wins Bombardier Airbus A220 supply contract

28th January 2019

Teijin has announced that it has been awarded a contract to supply its Tenax carbon fibre material to Bombardier Aerostructures and Engineering Services for another seven years until 2025.

Teijin focuses on aircraft business as one of the growth strategies in its medium-term management plan for 2017-2019 and is intensively accelerating its development of mid- to down-stream applications, such as cost-effective carbon fibres with higher-tenacity and higher-tensile modulus, intermediate materials including TENAX TPUD, carbon fibre thermoplastic consolidated laminate (TENAX TPCL), thermoset prepreg and non-crimp fabric.

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Total Composite Solutions (TC S) Ltd F orms Partnership with Brabham Automotive

20th December 2018

Advanced composites solutions provider, TCS, and Brabham Automotive are  pleased  to  announce  a
strategic partnership in advanced material and process development for current and future vehicle builds.
Building  on  a  remarkable  70 - year racing pedigree, Sir Jack Brabham’s son David Brabham announced
Brabham’s return to manufacturing in May of this year with the global launch of Brabham Automotive’s
first product, the stunning BT62.

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Showcasing excellence and innovation in composites

29th October 2018

UK’s most advanced composites manufacturer at Advanced Engineering 2018 - Stand M110

 

Market-leading products come from better design, better manufacture and better service. At Creative Composites, we help our clients stay at the leading edge of what can be achieved with composites with our unique combination of all three.

 

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Mercedes-Benz new mobility concept elicits some colourful comparisons

26th October 2018

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BASELINETM Rapid Machine Tool Verification System Reduces Downtime: A Step Change in High Value Manufacturing.

26th October 2018

BASELINETM is a system for rapidly verifying the accuracy of large complex machine tools. Typically, these machine tools can be out of service for up to five days for a full verification, a significant cost to production. The BASELINETM system can reduce this to as little as one hour.

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Government considers ways to fund Digital literacy as ‘ the fourth pillar of education’

25th October 2018

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Boeing’s First European Production site now officially Open

25th October 2018

The Secretary of State for Business, Greg Clark, officially opened Boeing’s first production facility in Europe yesterday, on what was once the runway of Sheffield city airport.

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Bloodhound supersonic car hits financial roadblock

15 October 2018

The project to race a car at over 1,000mph has run into a financial roadblock with the company behind the venture going into administration.

The Bloodhound supersonic vehicle is all but built but needs a £25m investment if it is to break records on a dried-out lakebed in South Africa.

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Elemental RP1 Sports Car Showcases Capabilities of Tailored Fibre Placement

9 October 2018

Designers at Elemental Motor have utilised tailored fibre placement (TPF) to extend the use of carbon composites in its RP1 sports car.

TFP is said to have created a cost effective, strong and tough solution where carbon fibre would previously have been ruled out on a cost and fragility basis. Recent developments by German TFP machine manufacturer ZSK mean carbon composites could be used in many new applications.

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UK subcontract manufacturing market stays resilient

10 October 2018

    Despite a high degree of volatility from month to month, the overall value of the UK contract manufacturing market held steady in the third quarter of 2018.

     

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    SMMT launches Brexit contingency aid package as high-risk auto suppliers brace for ‘no-deal’

    10 October 2018

    •  As threat of ‘no-deal’ continues, SMMT launches new Brexit Readiness Programme to help safeguard UK’s automotive supply chain as cliff-edge looms.
    • Initiative highlights contingency planning minefield, with changes to regulations, onerous customs processes, tariffs and restricted access to talent among complex challenges facing industry.
    • UK Automotive repeats call for orderly withdrawal and transition as risk to auto suppliers highlighted at SMMT Regional Forum Midlands.

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    Aurrigo targets £900m market after first autonomous vehicle demo

    10 October 2018

    A Coventry manufacturing specialist is playing the largest role in what is said to be the world’s first ever multi connected and autonomous vehicle demonstration and is now targeting its share of a £900 million marketplace.

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    Swindon and Wiltshire makes top 20 in Advanced Engineering league table

    10 October 2018

    Advanced Engineering, the largest engineering trade show, has published the league table of the top 20 of places in the UK ahead of its tenth show in Birmingham on October 31.

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    Railway apprentice scheme

    9 October 2018

    BUDDING engineers in Hampshire are being encouraged to apply for Network Rail’s Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme, which is now open for applications. Opportunities to join the Network Rail Wessex route team on three-year apprenticeships are now open in Eastleigh and Havant, with the intake starting in March 2019.

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    Lawrence Davies MBE to give Advanced Engineering 2018 keynote

    9 October 2018

    Easyfairs, organisers of the Advanced Engineering show, have announced that Lawrence Davies MBE, Chief Adviser, Department for International Trade, will be presenting a keynote speech on 'Future Proofing the UK Supply Chain', at Advanced Engineering 2018, being held 31st October to 1st November at Birmingham's NEC.

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    Dubai's 5000 Horsepower Devel Sixteen Is Far From Becoming Reality

    9 October 2018

    Sources tell us prototype engineer Paolo Garella has left the project, the twin-turbo V16 has no cooling, and the car could still fly away. These are some of the problems the Dubai startup needs to face.

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    HyperloopTT unveils full-scale capsule for 760mph travel

    5 October 2018

    A capsule designed to carry passengers and goods between cities at speeds of up to 760mph has been unveiled by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT).

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    ANSYS and Granta Design collaborate to empower AM

    4 October 2018

    Engineers and scientists can now effectively manage and leverage materials information for additive manufacturing (AM) thanks to a new partnership between ANSYS and Granta Design.

    Accurate, reliable, and traceable materials information is crucial for additive manufacturing. The combination of ANSYS’ powerful simulation for metal powder bed AM with Granta’s existing GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway for ANSYS Workbench offers an integrated set of workflows for AM data capture, simulation and optimisation.

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    Dustcontrol to Exhibit Range of Centralised Vacuum Systems at Advanced Engineering

    4 October 2018

    Dustcontrol UK is set to exhibit its range of centralised vacuum systems at the tenth anniversary of the Advanced Engineering show.

    Taking place on Wednesday, October 31st and Thursday, November 1st at the NEC, Birmingham, the Dustcontrol team will be showcasing the firm’s powerful DC-11 Modules at Stand Q72.

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    Leading business leaders and academics join forces with government to make manufacturing ‘smarter’

    27 September 2018

    Business Secretary Greg Clark and Siemens CEO Juergen Maier will today co-chair the inaugural meeting of the Made Smarter Commission.

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    Government joins forces with industry to make manufacturing ‘smarter’

    27 September 2018

    Government joins The commission has been established to drive forward digital developments in British manufacturing to boost productivity, create more highly-skilled jobs and enable more efficient, cleaner production systems, as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.orces with industry to make manufacturing ‘smarter’

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    Global aircraft deliveries in 2018 worth £18bn to UK manufacturing

    27 September 2018

    The best month of 2018 so far in aircraft deliveries has put the global aerospace industry on track to achieve a new production record this year.

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    An ancient engineering feat that harnessed the wind

    27 September 2018

    Iran’s wind catchers stand as a reminder of how ancient civilisations have adapted to the region’s harsh desert environment.

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    Cedar Rapids woman switches from engineering to teaching

    26 September 2018

    The Noyce Scholarship is for aspiring science teachers.

    Iowa follows a nationwide trend of staff shortages in its science departments. According to the U.S. Department of Education 43 states reported science teacher shortage. In Iowa, the state reported shortages in 5th through 12th grade teachers.

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    UK engineers query claims 44t lorry triggered Italy bridge collapse

    19 September 2018

    Claims that a 44t lorry travelling across the Polcevera Viaduct triggered its collapse have been queried by British engineering experts. During an interview with Italian local media, lorry driver Giancarlo Lorenzetto suggested that the Genoan bridge - more commonly known as the Morandi bridge - collapsed as a direct result of his vehicle passing over it. 

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    Applying chemical engineering in the construction industry

    14 September 2018

    Bryden Wood is a technology and design company that designs residential, commercial, and process facilities. It recently hired Chartered Chemical Engineer Adrian La Porta. I met with him to discuss what a chemical engineer can contribute to the construction industry and how Bryden Wood is leading change in the industry.

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    Mazak chosen for UK government flagship 5G factory initiative

    14 September 2018

    Yamazaki Mazak has been chosen as one of a select few UK companies to act as a testbed for the deployment of next-generation 5G technology, with a view to improving commercial digital infrastructures and ultimately boosting productivity across the UK industrial sector.

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    Women make up over a third of Dyson engineering students

    13 September 2018

    Sir James Dyson has hailed the fact that over a third of students at his engineering institute are women, as demand for places at the university rockets.
    The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology has welcomed 43 undergraduate engineers in its second cohort, 40 percent of which are female.
    It takes the total number of women enrolled in the degree course to 26 out of 76 at the Malmesbury-based campus in Wiltshire.

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    Young engineers demonstrate readiness for a zero emissions future

    12 September 2018

    Young British engineers have been showing off cutting-edge green engineering skills to the world at the international Zero Emission Vehicle Summit. The activity was just one of many taking place across the country this year for the Year of Engineering, an HM Government campaign showing young people that engineering can be an exciting and rewarding career.

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    Jaguar Land Rover warns Brexit 'no deal' would cost it 'tens of thousands of jobs'

    11 September 2018

    Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth has issued a stark warning to the Prime Minister on Brexit, warning “tens of thousands” of jobs will be lost at the country’s biggest car maker if she does not “get the right deal” on the UK leaving the bloc.

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    Starrag UK joins Made in the Midlands

    11 September 2018

    Starrag UK has joined Made in the Midlands (MIM), the influential peer group for MDs and CEOs of manufacturing and engineering firms in the Midlands.

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    Dyson to expand UK site for electric car testing

    30 August 2018

    Dyson has unveiled plans for a 10-mile test track at its Wiltshire facility where its “radical” electric cars, planned to be brought to market from 2021, will be put through their paces.

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    Melrose invokes spirit of Right Said Fred in GKN bid battle that's yet to get properly hostile

    01 February 2018

    Melrose chairman Christopher Miller’s has penned a letter to GKN shareholders that looks a bit like the old Right Said Fred song: I’m too sexy for my shirt, so sexy it hurts.  Hostile takeovers are supposed to be fun for those of us sitting in the stands; high stakes corporate slugfests in which the bidders portray the bosses of the target as incompetent fools, while the latter make the bidders out to be the spawn of the devil.

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    Brexit: Will no deal ground aircraft in March 2019?

    29 August 2018

    As the date of the UK’s exit from the European Union comes closer without agreement on an orderly withdrawal, more focus is being placed on the potential consequences of a “no deal” Brexit.

    This week, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) published a summary of concerns and potential solutions to the risk of no deal on aviation safety resulting in aircraft not being able to fly. The IEA agrees with a wide range of industry experts that in the event of no agreement being reached on new aviation safety arrangements, the risk of aircraft being grounded in March 2019 is real.

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    Airbus' solar-powered aircraft just flew for a record 26 days straight

    9 August 2018

    A solar-powered aircraft from the European aerospace giant Airbus has completed a maiden flight lasting 25 days, 23 hours, and 57 minutes.

    The new Zephyr S HAPS (High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite) took off from Arizona on July 11 and went on to complete "the longest duration flight ever made," Airbus Defence and Space said in an announcement Wednesday. An application has been made to confirm the flight as a new world record.

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    Three60 Energy acquires Stavanger engineering firm

    03 August 2018

    Three60 has not disclosed the value of the acquisition, which takes the total number of companies in the group to three.

    Ridge works in subsurface, drilling and wells, subsea and facilities, mainly in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.  It employs more than 90 specialist engineers, with a client base of more than 20 operators.
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    Companies open their doors to local school children for Engineering Open House Day

    02 August 2018

    This special event allows visitors to experience the world of engineering first-hand and to get an insight into the reality of the exciting careers on offer in this field.

    By highlighting the important role that engineers play in everyday life, and the creativity and diversity of work in this sector, Engineering Open House Day connects directly with children to inspire and motivate them towards exploring careers in engineering and technology.

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    3D printing the world’s oldest ham

    03 July 2018

    The town of Smithfield, Virginia is famous across the United States thanks to one of its more unusual tourist attractions – a 115-year-old ham.

    Originally cured in 1902 by the food and beverage company, Gwaltney Foods, the world’s oldest ham will turn 116 this Saturday and received an early birthday present as students from the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) 3D printed an identical model.

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    Jaguar Land Rover to open IT and engineering centre in Manchester

    27 June 2018

    One of the UK's largest car manufacturers is set to open a new software, IT and engineering office in Manchester city centre.

    Jaguar Land Rover has signed a deal with Bruntwood to inhabit their impressive Neo building, on the corner of Portland STreet and CHarlotte Street.

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    Jaguar breaks electric speed records in a battery-powered boat with Formula E tech

    18 June 2018

    The Jaguar Vector Racing has been working for the past year to convert a speedboat to electric propulsion by leveraging Formula E technology and it has now broken electric speed records with the battery-powered boat.

     

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    This is the fastest rocket on Earth

    11 June 2018

    In Europe, Italian aerospace company AVIO's new Vega C, aims to be the fastest and most versatile option for a variety of tasks, from heavy comms tech to Nanosats.  It will be ready for its maiden voyage next year. When it blasts off it will produce an average of 4,500kN of thrust.

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    Electric World Rallycross powers up with Williams

    08 June 2018

    The FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX) has announced a partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering.


    The company will serve as the sole single battery supplier to the FIA Electric World Rallycross Championship from 2020 to 2023.

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    CRP Technology Presents 3D Printing Advances at Engine Expo 2018

    05 June 2018

    At Engine Expo 2018, CRP Technology will highlight how 3D printing solutions using its Windform composite materials is helping automotive manufacturers accelerate vehicle development times and increase performance.

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    GENERAL MOTORS ENTERS NEXT PHASE OF VEHICLE LIGHT WEIGHTING WITH GENERATIVE DESIGN

    08 May 2018

      North American vehicle manufacturer General Motors has teamed up with award winning software company Autodesk in the development of its future product designs. Combining 3D printing with generative design, the company’s approach to vehicle development is “completely transformed,” says Ken Kelzer, VP of Global Vehicle Components and Subsystems at GM.

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      INTERVIEW: INSIDE THE GE ADDITIVE SPECTRA H WITH ANNIKA OLME, ARCAM

      08 May 2018

        Annika Ölme is Vice President of product management at metal additive manufacturing company Arcam AB. Now a subsidiary of GE Additive, Arcam specializes in electron beam melting (EBM) technology.

        The company released it’s latest 3D printer, the Spectra H, at RAPID + TCT 2018. At the show, I met with Ölme to learn more about the technology inside this latest EBM machine some of which has been 10 years in the making.

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        RIDE THE LIGHTENING: ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING TECHNOLOGY IS ABOUT TO SURGE PAST TESLA'S SUPERCHARGERS

        19 April 2018

          Tesla’s Supercharger network has long been the gold standard for electric vehicle charging systems. The company’s hefty investment into charging support for its own customers—the company's proprietary plugs mean no other EVs can charge there—has been planned out to ensure Tesla owners can use their vehicles as they please without worrying about whether they’re going to run dry on a road trip.

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          UK DRIVES INTO E-VEHICLES FAST LANE WITH 11% SALES RISE

          19 April 2018

            Electric vehicles’ share of new UK registrations rises to 2%, still falling far short of Norway’s 48%. Sales of electric cars in the UK have risen 11% on last year, putting the country in the premier league of those ditching petrol and diesel engines, though it is still miles behind Norway and China.

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            SWEDEN'S NEW ROAD POWERS ELECTRIC VEHICLES - WHAT'S THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT?

              Sweden has built the first smart road that will allow electric vehicles to charge as they drive. The eRoadArlanda pilot scheme, which covers two kilometres of road outside Stockholm, is an attempt to solve one of the biggest challenges that the transport industry faces. Namely, how to move freight and people in a way that neither damages the climate through greenhouse gas emissions nor the quality of air through nitrogen oxide pollution.

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              INDUSTRY 4.0 LED BY THE EU, US AND CHINA, SAYS TECH EXPERT

              19 April 2018

                The fourth industrial revolution is here, and some countries are embracing digitisation and advanced manufacturing techniques faster than others, says Siemens exec.

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                WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM TO PUSH 'INDUSTRY 4.0' AT NEW TOKYO CENTER

                19 April 2018

                  TOKYO -- The World Economic Forum, known for its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, is setting up a new research center in Tokyo this summer to study the "fourth industrial revolution."

                  Industry 4.0, as it is called for short, envisions technologies such as artificial intelligence and the internet of things transforming how things are made, and how people live and communicate with one another.

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                  NASA TEAMS WITH ENGINEERING, 3D PRINTING COMPANIES FOR MOON MISSION

                  17 April 2018

                  • Stratasys, Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies, and Lockheed Martin Space are joining forces to harness 3D printing for the creation of 100 production parts for NASA's Orion mission.
                  • The use of 3D printing will cut the costs of spacecraft production and speed up the process.

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                  BOEING BOSS DENNIS MUILENBURG CHALLENGES ELON MUSK IN A RACE TO MARS AND CLAIMS HE WILL EVEN BRING THE BILLIONAIRE'S TESLA ROADSTAR BACK FROM SPACE

                  13 April 2018

                  • Mr Muilenburg joked that Boeing may return Elon Musk's Tesla to Earth
                  • The Boeing CEO also claimed the company will put humans on Mars in a decade 
                  • This is a very similar timescale to Elon Musk's SpaceX programme 
                  • His comments reignite the rivalry between the two aerospace companies 

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                  NEW INNOVATION HUBS FOR AUTOMOTIVE AND DIGITAL HEATH TECH

                  13 April 2018

                  The University of Bath is setting up new business acceleration hubs for advanced engineering and digital innovation companies in the region. In association with SETsquared, the world’s number one university business accelerator, £1.5m of European funding will be available to support startups and scale up companies in the West of England.

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                  MAGNA STEYR TO ENGINEER EV ARCHITECTURE FOR BAIC

                  13 April 2018

                  Magna Steyr, the Austria-based vehicle engineering unit of Canadian supplier Magna International, will develop a next-generation smart electric vehicle architecture for state-owned Chinese automaker BAIC Motor.

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                  NOKIA, TELIA CONDUCT INDUSTRY 4.0 TRIAL IN FINDLAND WITH 5G

                  13 April 2018

                  Nokia, Finnish operator Telia and Intel successfully conducted an industrial trial leveraging the ultra-low latency, high-bandwidth capabilities of 5G to support time-critical applications and enhance production and efficiency in a manufacturing environment. Nokia said the trial represents one of the first real-world applications of 'Industry 4.0', the industrial trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.

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                  THE PENTAGON IS GETTING SERIOLUS ABOUT AI WEAPONS

                  12 April 2018

                  Aerospace engineer Mike Griffin says he is taking the threat of drone swarms — including those that could be driven by artificial intelligence — seriously. So is his employer, the US Department of Defense, as are top officials in the US Air Force.

                   

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                  COLLABORATION BETWEEN MONARCH AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING AND CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY GROWS

                  12 April 2018

                  A visit from the senior management team of Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited to Cranfield University in Bedfordshire showcased the growing collaboration between the two organisations. Monarch Aircraft Engineering has recently become key partner in a number of the University’s leading research and teaching centres, including the newly announced Digital Aviation Research Technology Centre (DARTeC) and the Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) Centre, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

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                  AIRBUS AND ZODIAC AEROSPACE PARTNER ON PASSENGER SLEEPING FACILITIES

                  11 April 2018

                  Airbus (Toulouse, France) and Zodiac Aerospace (Plaisir, France) announced April 10 a partnership to develop and market lower-deck modules with passenger sleeping berths. The modules, which would fit inside the aircraft’s cargo compartments, offer new opportunities for additional services to passengers, improving their experience while enabling airlines to differentiate and add value for their commercial operations.

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                  COMPOSITE ADVANTAGE INTRODUCES STANDARD LINE OF FRP TRAIL BRIDGES

                  10 April 2018

                  Short-lived bridge products that require constant care and regular replacement have prompted parks and recreation agencies to look for longer lasting alternatives.

                  Composite Advantage reports that its new line of standard size fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) trail bridges offers a zero maintenance option that lasts up to 100 years.

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                  SMMT RESPONSE VAUXHALL VAN ANNOUNCEMENT

                  4 April 2018

                    Mike Hawes SMMT chief executive said:

                    •     This announcement is great news for the UK automotive sector and, especially, the Luton plant.
                    •     The UK continues to be a centre of excellence for vehicle production thanks to our engineering expertise, high levels of productivity and a collaborative relationship with government which has enabled us to build a robust industrial strategy and a sector deal.
                    •     We will continue to work with policy makers to ensure the UK remains as competitive as possible now and in the future so we can continue to build on our long heritage in vehicle manufacturing.

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                    ADS STATEMENT ON MELROSE BID FOR GKN

                    29 March 2018

                    Today Melrose Industries has announced its takeover bid for GKN has won the support of more than 50% of the company’s investors.

                    The UK’s aerospace and defence trade association ADS said the company should now reflect on concerns raised in recent weeks and offer binding commitments to address them.

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                    DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH FOR UK ENGINE EXPORTS DRIVES NEW RECORDS IN FEBRUARY

                    29 March 2018

                    • More than a quarter of a million engines produced by British factories in February.
                    • Exports jump 16.1% in the month as 157,880 units head overseas – 62.0% of all output.
                    • Engine manufacturing up 10.3% so far this year as strong start to 2018 continues.

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                    SICOMIN'S EPOXIES REACH NEW HEIGHTS IN 'SLING' AIRCRAFT

                    27 March 2018

                    Sicomin and its South African distributor Aerontec have been working with The Airplance Factory (TAF) to develop enhanced and efficient production methods for its flagship range of 'Sling' aircraft.

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                    ORDERS STAY HIGH AS AEROSPACE SEES SUSTAINED GROWTH

                    26 March 2018

                    Manufacturers saw the numbers of aircraft on order books stay close to record highs again in February, with the backlog now standing at 14,242 – just 70 below the record high set in December 2017.

                     A nine per cent year-on-year increase in the order backlog of single aisle aircraft shows sustained growth in orders, while the total backlog could be worth an estimated £203bn to UK industry.

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                    HAYDALE SHOWCASES GRAPHENE ENHANCED PREPRG AT JEC WORLD 2018

                    27 February 2018

                    Haydale will be demonstrating real-life applications of its lightweight graphene enhanced prepregs at JEC World.

                     

                    Graphene enhanced prepreg offers significant weight reduction and improved structural performance. This is expected to be of considerable interest to the automotive, sports and leisure and tooling industries.

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                    EXPANSION IN ADVANCED BRAIDING TECHNOLOGY

                    5 February 2018

                    Burgmann Packings Composites is delighted to announce the most recent expansion in our braiding capacity in Dublin.  With immediate effect we have added the highly versatile 64 carrier radial braiding machine from Herzog GmbH to our robotic braiding cell.  This will enhance both our size range and production capacity in Dublin.   The entire cell is fully integrated with the Kuka Quantec robot arm giving us the ability to provide multi-layer over-braids using multiple machines in one set-up.

                     

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                    RECORD ENGINE PREODUCTION IN 2017 AS DEMAND GROWN, HOME AND ABROAD

                    31 January 2018

                    • British engine manufacturing rises 6.9% to all-time high of 2.7 million units in 2017.1
                    • Home demand sees fastest growth – up 9.7%, while global demand rises to almost 1.5 million units.
                    • UK engine manufacturing now worth £8.5bn, supporting 8,000 British jobs – 3,350 in diesel engine production alone.

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                    NEW CARS IN UK SAFER THAN EVER BEFORE WITH 1.8 MILLION FITTED WITH COLLISION WARNING SYSTEMS

                    22 January 2018

                    • Nearly 7 in 10 new cars available with driver assistance systems, with 1.8 million buyers a year benefitting from collision avoidance technology.1
                    • Autonomous emergency braking, parking assistance and blind spot sensors also top the list of most popular tech.
                    • Road accidents fall 10% in five years as advanced safety tech helps keep drivers safer.

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                    ACCELERATING AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION DELIVERS £2BN BOOST

                    27 November 2017

                    Deliveries of 87 single aisle and 33 widebody aircraft in October set a new record for the month and took year-to-date deliveries to a total of 1138.

                    These deliveries are worth up to £2.4bn to UK industry, and those for the first 10 months of the year are worth up to £22bn as the UK continues to benefit from rising global production.

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                    Immigration and Engineering in the UK

                    28 May 2019

                    WHILST the recent events surrounding Brexit have cast the UK into further uncertainty as to what will happen in the coming months, there is increasing concern that there is no easy outcome for the engineering industry. Assuming that Brexit still goes ahead, the latest White Paper has posed a multitude of threats to large sections of UK industry – including the chemical engineering sector.

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                    Total Composite Solutions (TC S) Ltd F orms Partnership with Brabham Automotive

                    20th December 2018

                    Advanced composites solutions provider, TCS, and Brabham Automotive are  pleased  to  announce  a
                    strategic partnership in advanced material and process development for current and future vehicle builds.
                    Building  on  a  remarkable  70 - year racing pedigree, Sir Jack Brabham’s son David Brabham announced
                    Brabham’s return to manufacturing in May of this year with the global launch of Brabham Automotive’s
                    first product, the stunning BT62.

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                    Showcasing excellence and innovation in composites

                    29th October 2018

                    UK’s most advanced composites manufacturer at Advanced Engineering 2018 - Stand M110

                     

                    Market-leading products come from better design, better manufacture and better service. At Creative Composites, we help our clients stay at the leading edge of what can be achieved with composites with our unique combination of all three.

                     

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                    Mercedes-Benz new mobility concept elicits some colourful comparisons

                    26th October 2018

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                    BASELINETM Rapid Machine Tool Verification System Reduces Downtime: A Step Change in High Value Manufacturing.

                    26th October 2018

                    BASELINETM is a system for rapidly verifying the accuracy of large complex machine tools. Typically, these machine tools can be out of service for up to five days for a full verification, a significant cost to production. The BASELINETM system can reduce this to as little as one hour.

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                    Government considers ways to fund Digital literacy as ‘ the fourth pillar of education’

                    25th October 2018

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                    Boeing’s First European Production site now officially Open

                    25th October 2018

                    The Secretary of State for Business, Greg Clark, officially opened Boeing’s first production facility in Europe yesterday, on what was once the runway of Sheffield city airport.

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                    Bloodhound supersonic car hits financial roadblock

                    15 October 2018

                    The project to race a car at over 1,000mph has run into a financial roadblock with the company behind the venture going into administration.

                    The Bloodhound supersonic vehicle is all but built but needs a £25m investment if it is to break records on a dried-out lakebed in South Africa.

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                    Elemental RP1 Sports Car Showcases Capabilities of Tailored Fibre Placement

                    9 October 2018

                    Designers at Elemental Motor have utilised tailored fibre placement (TPF) to extend the use of carbon composites in its RP1 sports car.

                    TFP is said to have created a cost effective, strong and tough solution where carbon fibre would previously have been ruled out on a cost and fragility basis. Recent developments by German TFP machine manufacturer ZSK mean carbon composites could be used in many new applications.

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                    UK subcontract manufacturing market stays resilient

                    10 October 2018

                      Despite a high degree of volatility from month to month, the overall value of the UK contract manufacturing market held steady in the third quarter of 2018.

                       

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                      SMMT launches Brexit contingency aid package as high-risk auto suppliers brace for ‘no-deal’

                      10 October 2018

                      •  As threat of ‘no-deal’ continues, SMMT launches new Brexit Readiness Programme to help safeguard UK’s automotive supply chain as cliff-edge looms.
                      • Initiative highlights contingency planning minefield, with changes to regulations, onerous customs processes, tariffs and restricted access to talent among complex challenges facing industry.
                      • UK Automotive repeats call for orderly withdrawal and transition as risk to auto suppliers highlighted at SMMT Regional Forum Midlands.

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                      Aurrigo targets £900m market after first autonomous vehicle demo

                      10 October 2018

                      A Coventry manufacturing specialist is playing the largest role in what is said to be the world’s first ever multi connected and autonomous vehicle demonstration and is now targeting its share of a £900 million marketplace.

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                      Swindon and Wiltshire makes top 20 in Advanced Engineering league table

                      10 October 2018

                      Advanced Engineering, the largest engineering trade show, has published the league table of the top 20 of places in the UK ahead of its tenth show in Birmingham on October 31.

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                      Railway apprentice scheme

                      9 October 2018

                      BUDDING engineers in Hampshire are being encouraged to apply for Network Rail’s Advanced Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme, which is now open for applications. Opportunities to join the Network Rail Wessex route team on three-year apprenticeships are now open in Eastleigh and Havant, with the intake starting in March 2019.

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                      Lawrence Davies MBE to give Advanced Engineering 2018 keynote

                      9 October 2018

                      Easyfairs, organisers of the Advanced Engineering show, have announced that Lawrence Davies MBE, Chief Adviser, Department for International Trade, will be presenting a keynote speech on 'Future Proofing the UK Supply Chain', at Advanced Engineering 2018, being held 31st October to 1st November at Birmingham's NEC.

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                      Dubai's 5000 Horsepower Devel Sixteen Is Far From Becoming Reality

                      9 October 2018

                      Sources tell us prototype engineer Paolo Garella has left the project, the twin-turbo V16 has no cooling, and the car could still fly away. These are some of the problems the Dubai startup needs to face.

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                      HyperloopTT unveils full-scale capsule for 760mph travel

                      5 October 2018

                      A capsule designed to carry passengers and goods between cities at speeds of up to 760mph has been unveiled by Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HyperloopTT).

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                      ANSYS and Granta Design collaborate to empower AM

                      4 October 2018

                      Engineers and scientists can now effectively manage and leverage materials information for additive manufacturing (AM) thanks to a new partnership between ANSYS and Granta Design.

                      Accurate, reliable, and traceable materials information is crucial for additive manufacturing. The combination of ANSYS’ powerful simulation for metal powder bed AM with Granta’s existing GRANTA MI:Materials Gateway for ANSYS Workbench offers an integrated set of workflows for AM data capture, simulation and optimisation.

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                      Dustcontrol to Exhibit Range of Centralised Vacuum Systems at Advanced Engineering

                      4 October 2018

                      Dustcontrol UK is set to exhibit its range of centralised vacuum systems at the tenth anniversary of the Advanced Engineering show.

                      Taking place on Wednesday, October 31st and Thursday, November 1st at the NEC, Birmingham, the Dustcontrol team will be showcasing the firm’s powerful DC-11 Modules at Stand Q72.

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                      Leading business leaders and academics join forces with government to make manufacturing ‘smarter’

                      27 September 2018

                      Business Secretary Greg Clark and Siemens CEO Juergen Maier will today co-chair the inaugural meeting of the Made Smarter Commission.

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                      Government joins forces with industry to make manufacturing ‘smarter’

                      27 September 2018

                      Government joins The commission has been established to drive forward digital developments in British manufacturing to boost productivity, create more highly-skilled jobs and enable more efficient, cleaner production systems, as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.orces with industry to make manufacturing ‘smarter’

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                      Global aircraft deliveries in 2018 worth £18bn to UK manufacturing

                      27 September 2018

                      The best month of 2018 so far in aircraft deliveries has put the global aerospace industry on track to achieve a new production record this year.

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                      An ancient engineering feat that harnessed the wind

                      27 September 2018

                      Iran’s wind catchers stand as a reminder of how ancient civilisations have adapted to the region’s harsh desert environment.

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                      Cedar Rapids woman switches from engineering to teaching

                      26 September 2018

                      The Noyce Scholarship is for aspiring science teachers.

                      Iowa follows a nationwide trend of staff shortages in its science departments. According to the U.S. Department of Education 43 states reported science teacher shortage. In Iowa, the state reported shortages in 5th through 12th grade teachers.

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                      UK engineers query claims 44t lorry triggered Italy bridge collapse

                      19 September 2018

                      Claims that a 44t lorry travelling across the Polcevera Viaduct triggered its collapse have been queried by British engineering experts. During an interview with Italian local media, lorry driver Giancarlo Lorenzetto suggested that the Genoan bridge - more commonly known as the Morandi bridge - collapsed as a direct result of his vehicle passing over it. 

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                      Applying chemical engineering in the construction industry

                      14 September 2018

                      Bryden Wood is a technology and design company that designs residential, commercial, and process facilities. It recently hired Chartered Chemical Engineer Adrian La Porta. I met with him to discuss what a chemical engineer can contribute to the construction industry and how Bryden Wood is leading change in the industry.

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                      Mazak chosen for UK government flagship 5G factory initiative

                      14 September 2018

                      Yamazaki Mazak has been chosen as one of a select few UK companies to act as a testbed for the deployment of next-generation 5G technology, with a view to improving commercial digital infrastructures and ultimately boosting productivity across the UK industrial sector.

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                      Women make up over a third of Dyson engineering students

                      13 September 2018

                      Sir James Dyson has hailed the fact that over a third of students at his engineering institute are women, as demand for places at the university rockets.
                      The Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology has welcomed 43 undergraduate engineers in its second cohort, 40 percent of which are female.
                      It takes the total number of women enrolled in the degree course to 26 out of 76 at the Malmesbury-based campus in Wiltshire.

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                      Young engineers demonstrate readiness for a zero emissions future

                      12 September 2018

                      Young British engineers have been showing off cutting-edge green engineering skills to the world at the international Zero Emission Vehicle Summit. The activity was just one of many taking place across the country this year for the Year of Engineering, an HM Government campaign showing young people that engineering can be an exciting and rewarding career.

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                      Jaguar Land Rover warns Brexit 'no deal' would cost it 'tens of thousands of jobs'

                      11 September 2018

                      Jaguar Land Rover boss Ralf Speth has issued a stark warning to the Prime Minister on Brexit, warning “tens of thousands” of jobs will be lost at the country’s biggest car maker if she does not “get the right deal” on the UK leaving the bloc.

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                      Starrag UK joins Made in the Midlands

                      11 September 2018

                      Starrag UK has joined Made in the Midlands (MIM), the influential peer group for MDs and CEOs of manufacturing and engineering firms in the Midlands.

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                      Dyson to expand UK site for electric car testing

                      30 August 2018

                      Dyson has unveiled plans for a 10-mile test track at its Wiltshire facility where its “radical” electric cars, planned to be brought to market from 2021, will be put through their paces.

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                      Melrose invokes spirit of Right Said Fred in GKN bid battle that's yet to get properly hostile

                      01 February 2018

                      Melrose chairman Christopher Miller’s has penned a letter to GKN shareholders that looks a bit like the old Right Said Fred song: I’m too sexy for my shirt, so sexy it hurts.  Hostile takeovers are supposed to be fun for those of us sitting in the stands; high stakes corporate slugfests in which the bidders portray the bosses of the target as incompetent fools, while the latter make the bidders out to be the spawn of the devil.

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                      Brexit: Will no deal ground aircraft in March 2019?

                      29 August 2018

                      As the date of the UK’s exit from the European Union comes closer without agreement on an orderly withdrawal, more focus is being placed on the potential consequences of a “no deal” Brexit.

                      This week, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) published a summary of concerns and potential solutions to the risk of no deal on aviation safety resulting in aircraft not being able to fly. The IEA agrees with a wide range of industry experts that in the event of no agreement being reached on new aviation safety arrangements, the risk of aircraft being grounded in March 2019 is real.

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                      Airbus' solar-powered aircraft just flew for a record 26 days straight

                      9 August 2018

                      A solar-powered aircraft from the European aerospace giant Airbus has completed a maiden flight lasting 25 days, 23 hours, and 57 minutes.

                      The new Zephyr S HAPS (High Altitude Pseudo-Satellite) took off from Arizona on July 11 and went on to complete "the longest duration flight ever made," Airbus Defence and Space said in an announcement Wednesday. An application has been made to confirm the flight as a new world record.

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                      Three60 Energy acquires Stavanger engineering firm

                      03 August 2018

                      Three60 has not disclosed the value of the acquisition, which takes the total number of companies in the group to three.

                      Ridge works in subsurface, drilling and wells, subsea and facilities, mainly in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea.  It employs more than 90 specialist engineers, with a client base of more than 20 operators.
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                      Companies open their doors to local school children for Engineering Open House Day

                      02 August 2018

                      This special event allows visitors to experience the world of engineering first-hand and to get an insight into the reality of the exciting careers on offer in this field.

                      By highlighting the important role that engineers play in everyday life, and the creativity and diversity of work in this sector, Engineering Open House Day connects directly with children to inspire and motivate them towards exploring careers in engineering and technology.

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                      3D printing the world’s oldest ham

                      03 July 2018

                      The town of Smithfield, Virginia is famous across the United States thanks to one of its more unusual tourist attractions – a 115-year-old ham.

                      Originally cured in 1902 by the food and beverage company, Gwaltney Foods, the world’s oldest ham will turn 116 this Saturday and received an early birthday present as students from the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) 3D printed an identical model.

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                      Jaguar Land Rover to open IT and engineering centre in Manchester

                      27 June 2018

                      One of the UK's largest car manufacturers is set to open a new software, IT and engineering office in Manchester city centre.

                      Jaguar Land Rover has signed a deal with Bruntwood to inhabit their impressive Neo building, on the corner of Portland STreet and CHarlotte Street.

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                      Jaguar breaks electric speed records in a battery-powered boat with Formula E tech

                      18 June 2018

                      The Jaguar Vector Racing has been working for the past year to convert a speedboat to electric propulsion by leveraging Formula E technology and it has now broken electric speed records with the battery-powered boat.

                       

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                      This is the fastest rocket on Earth

                      11 June 2018

                      In Europe, Italian aerospace company AVIO's new Vega C, aims to be the fastest and most versatile option for a variety of tasks, from heavy comms tech to Nanosats.  It will be ready for its maiden voyage next year. When it blasts off it will produce an average of 4,500kN of thrust.

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                      Electric World Rallycross powers up with Williams

                      08 June 2018

                      The FIA World Rallycross Championship (WRX) has announced a partnership with Williams Advanced Engineering.


                      The company will serve as the sole single battery supplier to the FIA Electric World Rallycross Championship from 2020 to 2023.

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                      CRP Technology Presents 3D Printing Advances at Engine Expo 2018

                      05 June 2018

                      At Engine Expo 2018, CRP Technology will highlight how 3D printing solutions using its Windform composite materials is helping automotive manufacturers accelerate vehicle development times and increase performance.

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                      GENERAL MOTORS ENTERS NEXT PHASE OF VEHICLE LIGHT WEIGHTING WITH GENERATIVE DESIGN

                      08 May 2018

                        North American vehicle manufacturer General Motors has teamed up with award winning software company Autodesk in the development of its future product designs. Combining 3D printing with generative design, the company’s approach to vehicle development is “completely transformed,” says Ken Kelzer, VP of Global Vehicle Components and Subsystems at GM.

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                        INTERVIEW: INSIDE THE GE ADDITIVE SPECTRA H WITH ANNIKA OLME, ARCAM

                        08 May 2018

                          Annika Ölme is Vice President of product management at metal additive manufacturing company Arcam AB. Now a subsidiary of GE Additive, Arcam specializes in electron beam melting (EBM) technology.

                          The company released it’s latest 3D printer, the Spectra H, at RAPID + TCT 2018. At the show, I met with Ölme to learn more about the technology inside this latest EBM machine some of which has been 10 years in the making.

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                          RIDE THE LIGHTENING: ELECTRIC CAR CHARGING TECHNOLOGY IS ABOUT TO SURGE PAST TESLA'S SUPERCHARGERS

                          19 April 2018

                            Tesla’s Supercharger network has long been the gold standard for electric vehicle charging systems. The company’s hefty investment into charging support for its own customers—the company's proprietary plugs mean no other EVs can charge there—has been planned out to ensure Tesla owners can use their vehicles as they please without worrying about whether they’re going to run dry on a road trip.

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                            UK DRIVES INTO E-VEHICLES FAST LANE WITH 11% SALES RISE

                            19 April 2018

                              Electric vehicles’ share of new UK registrations rises to 2%, still falling far short of Norway’s 48%. Sales of electric cars in the UK have risen 11% on last year, putting the country in the premier league of those ditching petrol and diesel engines, though it is still miles behind Norway and China.

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                              SWEDEN'S NEW ROAD POWERS ELECTRIC VEHICLES - WHAT'S THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT?

                                Sweden has built the first smart road that will allow electric vehicles to charge as they drive. The eRoadArlanda pilot scheme, which covers two kilometres of road outside Stockholm, is an attempt to solve one of the biggest challenges that the transport industry faces. Namely, how to move freight and people in a way that neither damages the climate through greenhouse gas emissions nor the quality of air through nitrogen oxide pollution.

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                                INDUSTRY 4.0 LED BY THE EU, US AND CHINA, SAYS TECH EXPERT

                                19 April 2018

                                  The fourth industrial revolution is here, and some countries are embracing digitisation and advanced manufacturing techniques faster than others, says Siemens exec.

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                                  WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM TO PUSH 'INDUSTRY 4.0' AT NEW TOKYO CENTER

                                  19 April 2018

                                    TOKYO -- The World Economic Forum, known for its annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, is setting up a new research center in Tokyo this summer to study the "fourth industrial revolution."

                                    Industry 4.0, as it is called for short, envisions technologies such as artificial intelligence and the internet of things transforming how things are made, and how people live and communicate with one another.

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                                    NASA TEAMS WITH ENGINEERING, 3D PRINTING COMPANIES FOR MOON MISSION

                                    17 April 2018

                                    • Stratasys, Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies, and Lockheed Martin Space are joining forces to harness 3D printing for the creation of 100 production parts for NASA's Orion mission.
                                    • The use of 3D printing will cut the costs of spacecraft production and speed up the process.

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                                    BOEING BOSS DENNIS MUILENBURG CHALLENGES ELON MUSK IN A RACE TO MARS AND CLAIMS HE WILL EVEN BRING THE BILLIONAIRE'S TESLA ROADSTAR BACK FROM SPACE

                                    13 April 2018

                                    • Mr Muilenburg joked that Boeing may return Elon Musk's Tesla to Earth
                                    • The Boeing CEO also claimed the company will put humans on Mars in a decade 
                                    • This is a very similar timescale to Elon Musk's SpaceX programme 
                                    • His comments reignite the rivalry between the two aerospace companies 

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                                    NEW INNOVATION HUBS FOR AUTOMOTIVE AND DIGITAL HEATH TECH

                                    13 April 2018

                                    The University of Bath is setting up new business acceleration hubs for advanced engineering and digital innovation companies in the region. In association with SETsquared, the world’s number one university business accelerator, £1.5m of European funding will be available to support startups and scale up companies in the West of England.

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                                    MAGNA STEYR TO ENGINEER EV ARCHITECTURE FOR BAIC

                                    13 April 2018

                                    Magna Steyr, the Austria-based vehicle engineering unit of Canadian supplier Magna International, will develop a next-generation smart electric vehicle architecture for state-owned Chinese automaker BAIC Motor.

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                                    NOKIA, TELIA CONDUCT INDUSTRY 4.0 TRIAL IN FINDLAND WITH 5G

                                    13 April 2018

                                    Nokia, Finnish operator Telia and Intel successfully conducted an industrial trial leveraging the ultra-low latency, high-bandwidth capabilities of 5G to support time-critical applications and enhance production and efficiency in a manufacturing environment. Nokia said the trial represents one of the first real-world applications of 'Industry 4.0', the industrial trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies.

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                                    THE PENTAGON IS GETTING SERIOLUS ABOUT AI WEAPONS

                                    12 April 2018

                                    Aerospace engineer Mike Griffin says he is taking the threat of drone swarms — including those that could be driven by artificial intelligence — seriously. So is his employer, the US Department of Defense, as are top officials in the US Air Force.

                                     

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                                    COLLABORATION BETWEEN MONARCH AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING AND CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY GROWS

                                    12 April 2018

                                    A visit from the senior management team of Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited to Cranfield University in Bedfordshire showcased the growing collaboration between the two organisations. Monarch Aircraft Engineering has recently become key partner in a number of the University’s leading research and teaching centres, including the newly announced Digital Aviation Research Technology Centre (DARTeC) and the Integrated Vehicle Health Management (IVHM) Centre, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

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                                    AIRBUS AND ZODIAC AEROSPACE PARTNER ON PASSENGER SLEEPING FACILITIES

                                    11 April 2018

                                    Airbus (Toulouse, France) and Zodiac Aerospace (Plaisir, France) announced April 10 a partnership to develop and market lower-deck modules with passenger sleeping berths. The modules, which would fit inside the aircraft’s cargo compartments, offer new opportunities for additional services to passengers, improving their experience while enabling airlines to differentiate and add value for their commercial operations.

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                                    COMPOSITE ADVANTAGE INTRODUCES STANDARD LINE OF FRP TRAIL BRIDGES

                                    10 April 2018

                                    Short-lived bridge products that require constant care and regular replacement have prompted parks and recreation agencies to look for longer lasting alternatives.

                                    Composite Advantage reports that its new line of standard size fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) trail bridges offers a zero maintenance option that lasts up to 100 years.

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                                    SMMT RESPONSE VAUXHALL VAN ANNOUNCEMENT

                                    4 April 2018

                                      Mike Hawes SMMT chief executive said:

                                      •     This announcement is great news for the UK automotive sector and, especially, the Luton plant.
                                      •     The UK continues to be a centre of excellence for vehicle production thanks to our engineering expertise, high levels of productivity and a collaborative relationship with government which has enabled us to build a robust industrial strategy and a sector deal.
                                      •     We will continue to work with policy makers to ensure the UK remains as competitive as possible now and in the future so we can continue to build on our long heritage in vehicle manufacturing.

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                                      ADS STATEMENT ON MELROSE BID FOR GKN

                                      29 March 2018

                                      Today Melrose Industries has announced its takeover bid for GKN has won the support of more than 50% of the company’s investors.

                                      The UK’s aerospace and defence trade association ADS said the company should now reflect on concerns raised in recent weeks and offer binding commitments to address them.

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                                      DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH FOR UK ENGINE EXPORTS DRIVES NEW RECORDS IN FEBRUARY

                                      29 March 2018

                                      • More than a quarter of a million engines produced by British factories in February.
                                      • Exports jump 16.1% in the month as 157,880 units head overseas – 62.0% of all output.
                                      • Engine manufacturing up 10.3% so far this year as strong start to 2018 continues.

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                                      SICOMIN'S EPOXIES REACH NEW HEIGHTS IN 'SLING' AIRCRAFT

                                      27 March 2018

                                      Sicomin and its South African distributor Aerontec have been working with The Airplance Factory (TAF) to develop enhanced and efficient production methods for its flagship range of 'Sling' aircraft.

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                                      ORDERS STAY HIGH AS AEROSPACE SEES SUSTAINED GROWTH

                                      26 March 2018

                                      Manufacturers saw the numbers of aircraft on order books stay close to record highs again in February, with the backlog now standing at 14,242 – just 70 below the record high set in December 2017.

                                       A nine per cent year-on-year increase in the order backlog of single aisle aircraft shows sustained growth in orders, while the total backlog could be worth an estimated £203bn to UK industry.

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                                      HAYDALE SHOWCASES GRAPHENE ENHANCED PREPRG AT JEC WORLD 2018

                                      27 February 2018

                                      Haydale will be demonstrating real-life applications of its lightweight graphene enhanced prepregs at JEC World.

                                       

                                      Graphene enhanced prepreg offers significant weight reduction and improved structural performance. This is expected to be of considerable interest to the automotive, sports and leisure and tooling industries.

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                                      EXPANSION IN ADVANCED BRAIDING TECHNOLOGY

                                      5 February 2018

                                      Burgmann Packings Composites is delighted to announce the most recent expansion in our braiding capacity in Dublin.  With immediate effect we have added the highly versatile 64 carrier radial braiding machine from Herzog GmbH to our robotic braiding cell.  This will enhance both our size range and production capacity in Dublin.   The entire cell is fully integrated with the Kuka Quantec robot arm giving us the ability to provide multi-layer over-braids using multiple machines in one set-up.

                                       

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                                      RECORD ENGINE PREODUCTION IN 2017 AS DEMAND GROWN, HOME AND ABROAD

                                      31 January 2018

                                      • British engine manufacturing rises 6.9% to all-time high of 2.7 million units in 2017.1
                                      • Home demand sees fastest growth – up 9.7%, while global demand rises to almost 1.5 million units.
                                      • UK engine manufacturing now worth £8.5bn, supporting 8,000 British jobs – 3,350 in diesel engine production alone.

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                                      NEW CARS IN UK SAFER THAN EVER BEFORE WITH 1.8 MILLION FITTED WITH COLLISION WARNING SYSTEMS

                                      22 January 2018

                                      • Nearly 7 in 10 new cars available with driver assistance systems, with 1.8 million buyers a year benefitting from collision avoidance technology.1
                                      • Autonomous emergency braking, parking assistance and blind spot sensors also top the list of most popular tech.
                                      • Road accidents fall 10% in five years as advanced safety tech helps keep drivers safer.

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                                      ACCELERATING AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION DELIVERS £2BN BOOST

                                      27 November 2017

                                      Deliveries of 87 single aisle and 33 widebody aircraft in October set a new record for the month and took year-to-date deliveries to a total of 1138.

                                      These deliveries are worth up to £2.4bn to UK industry, and those for the first 10 months of the year are worth up to £22bn as the UK continues to benefit from rising global production.

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